Well-known Zionist activist Jonathan Hoffman notes here :
"There were only 4 interruptions of Batsheva's brilliant performance last night and all the cultural hooligans were loudly booed and yanked out onto the street commendably quickly by the security staff...."That, of course, is four interruptions too many, and it's highly regrettable that a planned Saturday night performance at the same venue was cancelled owing to fears regarding security, thus depriving many Orthodox Jews unable to attend last night's performance from seeing it after Shabbat.
But although counter-demonstrations are frowned upon and discouraged by many, it's not without satisfaction to read (via J.H.) in Brighton's local newspaper, the Argus, that
"A large group of pro-Israel supporters gatecrashed a planned protest outside the Brighton Dome last night. Pro-Palestinian campaigners had arranged to picket the performance of controversial dance group the Batsheva ensemble. But unknown to them, their opposite numbers had arranged a counter-demo, outnumbering the original protest. Ann Hallam from the Brighton Palestine Solidarity group said "We are boycotting the group's performance because they are part of Brand Israel. They are a state-funded group which is sent around the world to portray Israel as a cultured and vibrant place while ignoring the atrocities and persecution of the Palestinians."
And 60-70 pro-Israel supporters outshouted the 40-50 strong opposed as a line of police officers watched."(On another note entirely: within the past hour I've received an e-mail from a friend which runs in part: "We've just returned from a conference on Reconciliation at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. It was boycotted by the Palestinians!" More irony.)